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IPOB: 40 Of Our Members Missing Following Police And Army Attack In Anambra

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said that 40 of their members are missing after they were attacked by the Nigerian police and army in Anambra State on Thursday evening. According to the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, a combined team of police and Army personnel attacked their members who were returning from the burial of one of IPOB’s members, Odika Esieme Chukwuma.

IPOB has therefore called for the release of their missing 40 members. Part of the statement read, “IPOB and its leadership worldwide once again wish to draw the attention of the general public and the world at large to the dangerous attacks and arrest of IPOB members in Anambra State last night (Thursday), who went for burial of an IPOB member who was among those killed last year during the operation python dance II in Umuahia, Abia State. It is so wicked and barbaric that Nigerian Government through her security operatives killed most of IPOB members during Operation Python Dance II in Umuahia last year and refused to allow IPOB to bury the bodies of those they killed.

“This barbaric attack by a combined team of Fulani dominated Nigerian Army and Nigerian Police happened at Nnewi when IPOB family members who went for a burial for one of our IPOB family members by name Odika Esieme Chukwuma, from Igbo Ukwu in Anambra State. He belonged to IPOB Obosi Zone. After the burial, as our people were returning from the village of the deceased around 5:30pm and on reaching St Mary’s Catholic Church, where they were supposed to disperse to their various homes, they were accosted by a team of Nigeria security agents and without any provocation they began shooting at our people. In the ensuing chaos some people fell down and the buses they were traveling in climbed over some of them. Many were injured resulting from gunshots from the army and police. Many more were taken away by the army and police to unknown destinations. Some people had their cars seized, others with motorcycles had it taken away from them too.”

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